Anne Hathaway offers self-deprecating moral support to 2019 Oscars

Anne Hathaway is offering a little self-deprecating moral support for Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast.

The Oscar winner, who memorably co-hosted the 83rd ceremony with James Franco in 2011 — wrote on Instagram Sunday that “no matter what happens with today’s show, it’s already been worse. Happy Oscars!”

Hathaway won her first Oscar in 2013 for Les Miserables.

Last month, during an interview with PEOPLE’s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle, Hathaway recalled how critics dinged her for going too big while her cohort lacked energy.

“He didn’t give me anything,” Hathaway said about Franco. “God, I just remember the night before we’re about to go up there, and me turning to everyone and going, ‘Am I too much? This feels really big to me.’ And the producer just went, ‘No! Don’t do less. Do more if you need to.’ And I was like, ‘Oh okay, I guess it’s going great.’ And I didn’t realize what was happening about that whole thing.”

She also admitted she had reservations about taking the gig, but Franco begged her.

“Hey, can I dish some tea? I turned that gig down and James is the one that convinced me to do it,” Hathaway told Cagle. “When all the dust settled, I was just like, ‘You gotta be kidding me. Your first instinct is usually the right one.’ And all the reasons why I turned it down came true. All of them. It’s just a no-win situation. You’re not trained at this, how is this going to enhance your life? All of the reasons why. Even the people who do it spectacularly well — like Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres — usually just get a ‘meh’ from everyone. It’s a really hard gig to stick the landing on.”

The 91st Academy Awards airs Sunday at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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